TONIGHT! The Australian Caravan of Comics is here!! 7pm

Come and say g'day to a Winnebago of Australian comics creators as they make their pilgrimage to Librairie Drawn & Quarterly. Scarlette Baccini, Gregory Mackay, Patrick Alexander, Mirranda Burton, Marijka Gooding and driver, Bruce Mutard, will give a presentation about their graphic novels, sign books and wash your feet with their hair. Also on board is Dan Hayward, director of the feature length documentary film, Graphic Novels! Melbourne! which we will screen an extended trailer of.

Melbourne based, self described 'writer with images', Bruce Mutard has had 5 books published, including the highly regarded graphic novels The Sacrifice and The Silence (Allen & Unwin), A Mind of Love (Black House Comics) and the short story collection, Stripshow (Milkshadow Books). He has had numerous short stories published in Overland, Meanjin, The Australian Book Review and the Tango anthology among many others. He is also the holder of the Australian Society of Authors comics and graphic novels portfolio. He has presented papers at Oxford, the University of Arts, London, Loughborough University, teaches, organises comics events and tours like this one, and was recently awarded an Australia Council of Arts established writers grant to work on his next graphic novel.

Since graduating from art school in South Australia, Mirranda Burton has forged pathways in independent and commercial animation, drawing, and printmaking. More recently she has devoted herself to the medium of comics, drawing upon her own life experiences. Her stories depict a myriad of moments, from the mountain peaks of Morocco to lettuce invasions, to rare meetings with caterpillar psychiatrists and vacuum cleaner genies. Her first book, Hidden, was published in 2011 by Black Pepper, for which she received an Aurealis Award for best graphic novel. Hidden is also scheduled to be published in France.

Scarlette Baccini is a comic book writer and illustrator from Melbourne, Australia. In 2007 she began writing a strip called Zombolette, about a fat, obnoxious zombie and her giant mutant guinea pig housemate. Milk Shadow Books published a 120-page anthology of this work early in 2012. Scarlette is currently working on a graphic novel as well as several shorter works, and is hoping to turn Zombolette into an animated series.

Patrick Alexander is known in Australia for his nationally published children’s comics, Pink Chickens and Tobias & Jube, and internationally for his webcomics, Raymondo Person and Hilarity Comics. Currently and irregularly he produces gag comics for the relaunched Dark Horse Presents, except for that Archie one with the weird cow sex, which he put on Tumblr instead. His work has been described as "p. funny".

Gregory Mackay is best known for his comic strip Francis Bear as well as award-winning autobiographical comics, he makes award-winning comics about a strange kind of every-day-ness that are both quietly desperate and charmingly beautiful. Gregory is a regularly featured artist in the French Turkey Comix anthology published by The Hoochie Coochie, who in 2010 released a collected Francis Bear book.

New to the Melbourne Comics scene, Marijka Gooding is a recent graduate from Monash University Visual Communications with Honours, whose thesis is the remarkable, beguiling, beautiful graphic novel, Strange Behaviour (self-published, 2012). She considers herself an expert on 'strange', considering spends a lot of her time sitting at a drawing board in a dimly lit room, surrounded by empty take-away containers and crusted-over cereal bowls, writing about the world in pictures.

Daniel Hayward graduated from Sydney Film School in 2005 where he produced and directed the award winning short TROY, which has screened all over the world. Over the past 7 years, Daniel has worked in the Australian film and television industry in various capacities on commercials, television series, music videos and feature films. He has shot and/or directed a number of Behind The Scenes documentaries for feature films and television including Shane Warne – The Musical, Men’s Group & 33 Postcards starring Guy Pearce. In 2012, Daniel released his first feature length documentary as producer/director titled This Is Roller Derby under his production company AISLE 5 PICTURES.

TONIGHT! Wednesday, May 15th! 211 Bernard Ouest!

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